The Country and Smallholders Should Develop Their Own Mills

The Country and Smallholders Should Develop Their Own Mills

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – General Secretary of Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS), Mansuetus Darto said, the solution for crude palm oil (CPO) and palm cooking oil export ban, just like what President Joko Widodo instructed on last Friday, should be running with the notes in the mills – namely about the names of smallholders that supplied fresh fruit bunch (FFB) to the mills.

It is no doubt that there could be mills that take advantages from CPO export ban by buying FFB in cheaper price.

“That is why it needs to clearly note everyone so that their profits (cash) when in normal situation can be returned to the smallholders. This is alternative solution. The other one is that fund allocation from Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) within innovative programs, such as, delivering helps for the smallholders to purchase fertilizers based on their needs. If their FFB gets cheaper, they could not afford the fertilizers,” he said to InfoSAWIT, Sunday (24/4/2022)

But he believed, what President has done to provide palm cooking oil in this country has been carefully thought. The stakeholders themselves always think of their products to be sold in other countries for getting much profits but forget their obligation to fulfill the needs in this country.

“This could always take place in the future. The stakeholders master the upstream and downstream sectors (for having plantations and mills). They are few people only,” he said.

Unfortunately, the country has no mill. That is why in the future, President Joko Widodo needs to empower smallholders’ unions or government agency to develop mills in micro or big scale.

“The country should not defeat by the few people. This would endanger the economy and politics in our country. The cartel can make mass political stabilization in this country,” he said. (T2)